Obama, Blair, Panetta praise the moral cowards, ignore heroes
Psychologist Stephen Soldz has been one of the key voices exposing the American Psychological Association's unwillingness to refuse participation in torture by its members. Soldz is a faculty member at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis and is a founder of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology. He is also a Steering Committee member of Psychologists for Social Responsibility [PsySR] and has a website called Psychoanalysts for Peace and Justice, and a blog called Psyche, Science, and Society.
by Stephen Soldz
April 20th, 2009
It turned out to be harder than I expected to find the complete texts of the statements made by President Obama, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, and CIA Director Leon Panetta on Thursday as the Office of Legal Council torture memos were being released. Thanks to Spencer Ackerman, I have located them and post them here.
I must say that, reading these in their entirety, they are as chilling as the memos themselves. While the memos describe the torture program in meticulous, bureaucratic detail — including the temperature of water to be used to chill people, and the length and number of waterboarding episodes permitted per day — the statements from our President and two of his top officials heap praise upon those who were all too willing to sacrifice their morals and decency in pursuit of this horrific program.
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